After a Chilly Night in a Tent

I was not expecting the night of sleep to turn out as bad as it did because I have stayed a week in a couple different third world countries. Even in the countries I have been to, they always spoil us: a 1″ mattress pad…

The other villagers and I enjoyed an evening (and some of the night) of music (Carl Sullivan and the Rising Suns!!), volleyball, and smores over a small wood stove. It was an awesome night until we had to do homework and then go to sleep.

I stayed the night in the ShelterBox tent. I was thoroughly impressed during the day how low the temperature stayed even with the sun beating down on it. But as soon as the sun went down last night, the temperature dropped dramatically and became quite chilly. Thankfully I had a sleeping bag to keep me warm (the ShelterBox actually includes a set of blankets for warmth depending on the country in need).

My first mistake of the night was putting off my homework until everyone was calming down for the night. It was many hours after dark and so I had to go inside to finish my work. I finally got to bed after setting my alarm and went to sleep. I woke up abruptly with some movement and a bright light. I thought for sure I had slept through my alarm and missed my class at 9:30… but after I got to my phone, I realized it was only 7:00am. The sun had woken me up. I had no protection from daylight to sleep to make up for staying up so late. So for tonight, I have decided I will be heading to bed much sooner, closer to with the sun.

The toughest part about the night was lying on the ground. While I fell asleep almost right away, it was because I was exhausted. When I woke up in the morning, I fell like I had slept for maybe half an hour, even though it had been hours. The ground beat up my body so I woke up sore and still physically exhausted.  Its going to take a lot more hours of sleep to get the same amount of “rest” I need to make it through my days.

About Taylor Henry

Civil Engineering Undergraduate Student
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